Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wanaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care.
Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.
Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and November. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.
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Every Tues & Wed
October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12
April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm
Please stay away if you are unwell or have been unwell in the 48 hours beforehand.
The planting season is finished for this year. We will start again in April/May.
Thank you to everyone who helped. We planted several thousand native trees & shrubs in the Upper Clutha basin this year!
Our AGM was postponed. The documents that would have been presented are available here (scroll down to Trust documents). The Trust is in a very good shape and there are no urgent matters to advise of.
Back to alert level 1 !
Back to alert level 2
We share the disappointment of need for us to revert to operating under level 2, but welcome you at the nursery sessions to share in good company and conversation!
We are asking you to:
Stay away if you are unwell, or have been unwell in the 48 hours before hand
Bring your own gloves, drinking vessel and food
Leave your pack, etc in the designated storage area and use the hand sanitizer available
Sign in and out of a nursery session and leave a phone number each time
Maintain physical distancing, keeping 2+ metres between yourself and others
Advise us if you become unwell and have attended a session
Wash your hands! We have 2 hand washing stations and some hand sanitiser available
We may cancel a nursery session at short notice, we will advise you by email and Facebook (and please remember that nursery sessions are generally cancelled on rainy days)
Help us protect the community and yourself by following our new practices
Please, understand that we respect your decision to stay away if you feel at risk and we will welcome you back when you return
From the 17th August, and if we are still in alert level 2, we will limit the nursery sessions to 10 people and ask you to register via email,
We will keep you posted about our planting sessions. They could be postponed at short notice
We are so pleased to be back to alert level 1!
It means that nursery volunteers no longer have to register before coming to the nursery sessions.
We will still have the QR code available for you to scan at planting & nursery sessions.
Stay away if you are unwell.
Special planting at Eely Point
We had a special planting at Eely Point on the 19th September. We organised a commemorative planting, as part of the Matariki Rākau project (Te Uru Rākau - NZ Foresty). We planted 120 native trees with more than 50 enthusiastic volunteers to honour local members of the NZ Defence Force past and present. The project was organised with the local RSA and QLDC. A plaque was laid at the site.
Thank you to everyone who helped.
We are hoping to plan many more native plants at this special site in future years.
Changes in the Board of Trustees
Ben Taylor has taken over the chair role for the trust from Nick Mills. We would like to acknowledge Nick's huge contribution as founder, trustee and two stints as chair! He has been instrumental in developing and growing the trust over the last 11 years and we are thankful that he is remaining on as a trustee.
We are also very lucky to be able to welcome two new trustees, Andrew Gawith and Emma Conyngham onto the Board. Andrew comes with a wealth of business and governance experience from the world of economics and Emma comes with fantastic skills in the media and communications space.
We are also saying goodbye to Neil Woodrow as a trustee extraordinaire who has given a huge amount of his time over the last 6 years, in particular as treasurer and as the lead on the Fresh Water Improvement project. Thank you Neil for all your hard work as a trustee!
Neil (left) helping out at one of our plantings
Volunteer Sessions - welcome back to "normal"
It is great to announce that under Alert Level 1 there are no limitations
on the number of volunteers at our nursery and planting sessions.
Welcome back everybody.
We are continuing with some of the practices we adopted under
Covid-19 levels, as we found them to be beneficial.
We encourage you to:
Bring your own gloves, and drinking vessel
Wash your hands! We have 2 hand washing stations and hand sanitiser available
Stay away if you are unwell, or have been unwell in the 48 hours beforehand
Advise us if you become unwell and have attended a session
We also will be asking you to register for planting sessions you want to attend. This is to help plan our planting events, but if you decide to come and have not registered, then you are still welcome.
You can register via email (email@example.com) or via our Facebook page
New Nursery Space looking organised
We so like the look of the new nursery space as it becomes organised - many thanks to the volunteer team who have been, and are, putting this in place.